Track and Field State Champion

On Saturday February 15th, the Catamounts headed to Winston-Salem to the JDL Fast Track for the NCHSAA 4A indoor state championship meet.

Both the men’s and women’s team took home first place, the first time that’s ever been done in school history.

Senior Casper Serrano says, “we’ve never done it before. It’s the first in PC history, so it definitely feels like we did something special”. Seniors like Serrano were able to finish out their senior year with a huge win. 

When asked, “how does it feel to win states?”, senior Ian Harrison said, “It feels amazing because that was something that I know both the boys and girls side needed. We were close and we knew it was going to be a close battle and that was something we were looking towards as a goal this whole season and the past couple months”. 

Ian Harrison has been a top athlete for not only the track & field team, but also represents the Panther Creek athletics department as a whole. A few months ago, Ian Harrison attended signing day and signed his National Letter of Intent for North Carolina State University. 

When asked, “what has prepared her states?”, Morgan Smalls said, “The countless hours, training with my coaches and teammates like Ethan and Caleb, and getting in the pit”. 

Senior Morgan Smalls has had her fair share of athletic accomplishments. She has won numerous awards in the past 3 years of participating for the Panther Creek track team and just recently won “Most Outstanding Athlete” at the state championship. Out of the four events she competed in, she took home first place in three of them. She committed to run track for the University of Southern California. 

Listed below are the results from the meet.


Event Participants Place
Girls Shot Put Katie Stevens  4th
Girls Long Jump Morgan Smalls 1st
Boys Long Jump Jared Harrell

Jordan Payne



Girls Triple Jump Morgan Smalls

Kelly Smith

Diana Garland




Boys Triple Jump Jordan Payne

Jared Harrell



Girls High Jump Morgan Smalls 1st
Boys High Jump Ethan Pawlak

Caleb Garrett



Girls Pole Vault Susannah Truitt 1st
Boys Pole Vault Rafe Brady 19th
Girls 4×800 Meter Relay Abby Patterson, Julia Patterson, Emily Qui & Julia Connor 12th


Boys 4×800 Meter Relay  Casper Serrano, Milan Desai, Justin Hayes & Ian Harrison 1st


Girls 4×200 Meter Relay Diana Garland, Amelia Lobo, Janiyah Fields & Mia Thompson 9th
Boys 1600 Meter Run Ian Harrison

Justin Hayes

Casper Serrano




Boys 1000 Meter Run Casper Serrano 9th
Girls 300 Meter Dash Morgan Smalls  5th
Girls 3200 Meter Run Julia Patterson

Courtney Johnson



Boys 3200 Meter Run Ian Harrison

Casper Serrano



Girls 4×400 Meter Relay Amelia Lobo, Janiyah Fields, Julia Patterson & Diana Garland 11th 

Now that the winter track season has come to the close, Coach Scruggs is looking forward to the spring track season and hopes to pull out more first place wins in multiple events.